A real stir has broken out about the electric car. Many sell their combustion engines and buy an electric car. The currently enormously high fuel prices convince even the last critics. In addition, the state promotes the purchase of electric cars with an environmental bonus of up to 9,000 euros and other cash injections. This makes many new cars a bargain. But one of the cheapest electric cars is now disappearing from the market.
Renault gives up the popular electric car
Never before has a vehicle model had such a short life cycle. Because Renault is already making the Dacia Spring disappear again, which was only presented in 2021. The electric car, which probably sold well mainly due to its low price, can no longer be ordered with immediate effect. Discounting the bonuses, the Dacia Spring in its simplest version cost only 10,920 euros. A real bargain for a new car. That’s enough of that. Dacia no longer accepts orders.
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Although Dacia does not give the reason for the end. However, as with Renault itself, the parts crisis caused by the Ukraine war and the huge demand for electric cars may have been decisive. But another reason could also have played a role. Because the Stromer almost failed the crash test with only one star. “It is cynical to offer the consumer an affordable green car at the price of an increased risk of injury in an accident,” said Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen. So maybe that’s one of the reasons Renault is pulling the strings on the Dacia Spring.
Renault boss Luca de Meo gave no reason for the end of the Dacia Spring. However, he announced a successor. This should replace the extremely cheap electric car in two years. Therefore, the subsidiary brand of the French car manufacturer could present the new model as early as 2023. Details about the successor model are not yet available.
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But, like the Dacia Spring, it could turn heads. Because even if the 44-hp Spring wasn’t really an hp monster, it offered plenty of highlights. With the 225 kilometers measured in the WLTP practical test, the electric car is particularly suitable for drivers who only drive around town. In addition to the range suitable for everyday use, the eye-catching design and the low price compared to other electric car models, Dacia wanted to score with the battery guarantee. The manufacturer gave a guarantee of eight years or 120,000 kilometers to the battery.